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Vampires v Lycans part 2
Underworld: Evolution (DVD)
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Underworld: Evolution (DVD)
Advantages: Good action sequences, Beckinsale.
Disadvantages: Weak support, backstory too complex.
*Film only review*
Underworld: Evolution uncovers more of the history surrounding both the lycan and vampire bloodlines. Elder Marcus (Tony Curran) wakes leaving a path of destruction behind him and it's up to vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and lycan hybrid Michael (Scott Speedman) to stop him.
Directed by Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4.0); written by Wiseman and Danny McBride (Underworld).
Underworld: Evolution carries on from where the first Underworld finished. Unlike its predecessor Evolution has an 18 certificate which means the gore and violence has been ramped up, a somewhat unnecessary sex scene has been popped in there as well just for fun. I'm a fan of the extra violence and gore; it gives more freedom with the action scenes and makes more of an impact. Not saying all action movies should aim to be an 18 but it fits in with this particular franchise nicely.
Although I'm not a big fan of Len Wiseman as a director, I do commend his preference for real action rather than CGI. There are too many films nowadays that try and do everything with computers and come off looking ridiculously fake. It's nice to see a movie trying to be real, some may see this as being cheap but I like the different take.
The plot, as with the first movie, is a little hard to follow. All the history surrounding Corvinus (Derek Jacobi) and his bloodline made my brain hurt a little. Watching the film involved pausing the DVD a few times whilst I tried to work out what was going on...and I'm still not sure I've got it right. I think the backstory could have been a bit more linear, I don't want to have my mind melted by an action movie.
In terms of the cast, Evolution perhaps relies even more on Kate Beckinsale than the first Underworld. Without Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy throughout the emphasis is very much on Beckinsale and Speedman to carry the film, but Speedman is still not strong enough for this kind of role. Whilst heis better as the hybrid lycan Michael Corvin, he still lacks screen presence and struggles to convey real emotion. Beckinsale (Van Helsing) is one of few women to lead a film franchise and she leads it well, which is one of the main reasons for there being four instalments in the Underworld series so far.
Tony Curran (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) goes slightly overboard as elder Marcus. He doesn't really come across as menacing even when Marcus is on a killing spree with blood dripping from his mouth. Curran's acting is just a little too much. No the Underworld films are not known for their subtlety but if he reigned in his performance a bit he might make a better baddie.
Underworld: Evolution is an enjoyable movie (if you don't wreck your brain trying to figure out the complex history of it all) which definitely does enough to keep me coming back for more. It's far from perfect but take it for what it is and it's a good watch.
Bloodlines: From Script To Screen
Making Monsters Roar
The War Rages On
Building A Saga
Music And Mayhem
Her Portrait In Black music video
Kate Beckinsale - Selene
Scott Speedman - Michael
Tony Curran - Marcus
Derek Jacobi - Corvinus
Steven Mackintosh - Tanis
Shane Brolly - Kraven
Bill Nighy - Viktor
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Summary: Decent sequel.